One of the reasons I hated lipstick so much was because when I smile majority of my upper lip disappears. Confession--I am super self conscious about it. It took a good quarter of a century but I have finally embraced my amazing disappearing lip and won't it it stop me from "just needing a some color".
You may find this a little shocking but lipstick doesn't fall into the make up category in my mind. I consider it an accessory. Make up is something that is neutral and doesn't change too much with what I am wearing (again this is just me). However, my lipstick choice is 100% driven by my outfit choice for the day making it fall into the accessory category in my mind much like a necklace or a pair of earrings. Below are my 5 favorite shades and my 5 tips for stepping up your lipstick game.
|All shades are from Maybelline|
Undertones fall into one of two categories--warm tones or cool tones. Knowing your tone is extremely important in all aspects of fashion but especially in lipstick wearing. The wrong undertone can come off a little Bozo instead of Bombshell.
Here are some helpful articles about finding your undertone: Style Caster, Beauty Department,
There is nothing worse than peely lips and lipstick. It flakes, it is messy, its not cute. I love love love using the e.l.f lip exfoliator (a là Target) to slough off any dead skin before I apply my lips for the day.
3. Don't Re-Apply
If I notice that my lips are fading and I need to look a little fresher (which for the record I normally don't because I'm busy telling teenagers that "No, I do not have a pencil they can use" and they "should be more prepared for class") I completely take off the first layer and start with a clean slate. I think about it like painting over paint. The more paint you apply the more likely the paint will start to peel and look janky.
4. High Pigmentation
Pick a color that has a high pigmentation. Colors look different on everyone but the higher the pigmentation the closer you will get to the "true" color on the outside of the tube. I highly recommend the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid collection (all but the "Are you Red-dy" and "Born with It" above are part of that collection) because of the high pigmentation and it is cheep.
5. Have fun with it
Because I categorize lipstick as a accessory I tend to get a little crazier with my lip color. Have fun, try something new, get a little crazy! Might I suggest the ombre lip trend I head Kristen Cavaillari talking about on E!'s new show Fabulist (also I can't decide how I feel about this show.. thoughts?)
BTW Maybelline has no idea who I am I just like their lip color and it works for me. It is inexpensive and comes in a trajillion different colors and can be picked up with I am picking up milk and eggs!